Salle Ossian fencers Jess Corby, Kate Daykin and SJ Hampson have all been selected to fence at their first senior World Cup event in Orleans, France in November 2016. The standard of World Cup events is extremely high, with former and current World, European and Olympic champions and medallists in attendance. But the Salle Ossian ladies are keen to gain the experience and take of stock of where they are at in relation to the best in the World.
Jess Corby, still only 18 has already qualified for the junior world and european fencing championships coming up early in 2017. Meanwhile, Kate Daykin is taking 6 months in the south of France as part of her French degree at Heriot Watt University, but she is training well at local club Meylan Escrime. SJ Hampson continues to make remarkable progress after her knee operation in 2015 – taking 2nd at the British Senior Championships and being selected to represent Scotland at the forthcoming 5 Nations team event.
Preparation for the Olympics can typically take 8 years of hard slog. It is the fastest combat sport in the world but also one of the most technically demanding.
But these ladies are taking the first brave step towards the dream and the dream starts now!